The World Series champion San Francisco Giants are about to be faced with a dilemma, but it’s one that many teams wish they had. All-Star closer Brian Wilson is completing his rehab from Tommy John surgery, and is ready to start talking contracts. The problem for the Giants is that they already have a quality closer on the roster in Sergio Romo.
Wilson has completed most of this rehab including some long toss sessions, and could be ready to throw from a mound soon.
It’s possible there’s room on the Giants’ roster for Wilson, and it wouldn’t be surprising to see them sign him to a contract that’s heavy with incentives and is loaded heavily on the back end. But more than likely the bearded closer will end up signing with another team.
Last month Wilson had stated his list had been cut to five possible teams, which were to date, unnamed. One possible suitor for Wilson could be the division rival Los Angeles Dodgers who, like the Giants, also have a closer on their roster after signing Brandon League to a three-year, $22.5 million contract.
If Wilson wants a team to guarantee him a spot as a closer, then he may have to turn to one of the other teams on his list, and his contract options may be limited. He would probably have to sign a deal similar to the one that Ryan Madson recently signed with the Los Angeles Angels. Madson will make a $3.5 million base salary in 2013 and could earn an additional $2.5 million in roster bonuses and another $1 million based on games finished.
More teams may perk up their ears once they hear how Wilson’s sessions throwing from a mound look.